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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000306.txt from 1998/04

From: "Stephen C. Moore" <>
Subj: RE: Rhapsody Slur
Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 11:55:32 -0400

Ooh this happens to be one of my most favorite discussions! :) Josh
undoubtedly has a much nicer tone doing this than I do, but I think one of
the ways to make the passage smoother is to have a goal note that you can
use as sort-of a timing median to center your notes on. For example, I have
about 4 medians in the run, first being open G, then Eb, then around Ab then
to the C, at each of those points I shade keys to start the glissando (sp)
and about half way between, I use complete embouchure control to reach the
rest.. Wait a second, that doesn't make much sense, does it? But I think
that if you have several goal notes in the run to hit accurate pitches on,
it won't just sound like one large blob (for lack of a better word) going
up. I use the "uh" to "ee" tongue position to achieve it. I'd be
interested in hearing from the "experts" on what balance of key shading and
throat/tongue position they use to get this affect.

--Stephen C. Moore /

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Jason Hsien
Subject: Rhapsody Slur

I'd like to first off thank everyone for their advice with the Rovner
ligature. I've decided to just grease it every few months, rather than break
it and buy a new one.

ANyway, I personally don't play this part, but would like to know how if I
ever have to. In Rhapsody in Blue, the Lead clarinetists has a trill and a
slur from low G to high C. I see the lead clarinetist do it every time, and
when I try, it always sounds like I'm just hitting every note individually.
The lead can't explain how it's done, she just does. Anyone who's played the
piece, can you give me any advice? Should I just chromatic up the scale
slurring, or is there something I can do with my embouchure? The obvious
thing is to loosen, but loosening your embouchure only goes so far (which is
probably why they tell us that if you have to tune out of key, tune flat,
not sharp)

Thanks for any help you can give me on this!

Jason Hsien
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